The Body Shop 'Lipscuff' Lip Exfoliator | Product Review

Although winter is, by far, my favourite season, it does nothing for my skin, lips, or hair; all three dry out, without fail, the second the weather starts getting cooler, and it can be a real pain to adjust the beauty routine accordingly. Seeing as I've been trying to branch out into bolder lip colours, this year, finding a decent lip scrub became pretty important for winter prep, and unfortunately I've never been a huge fan of the Lush lip scrubs, so I went on the lookout for something a little different.
Thankfully, when I was hiding from the rain in The Body Shop a couple of weeks ago, I spotted a tube of 'Lipscuff' on display, and I knew my problems were over. I'd been a huge fan of this product, a few years ago, when it seemed to disappear - constantly unavailable on the website and seemed impossible to get in-store - and I was devastated.

Luckily for me, it's back, and every bit as amazing as I'd remembered it.
Lipscuff is a mint-scented exfoliator which is incredibly easy to use: simply apply as you would a normal lipstick, rub your lips together, and remove the excess with a tissue, and you're good to go! It moisturises at the same time as exfoliating, so it creates a perfect base for lip colour, too.
Would I recommend it? In a heartbeat. It lasts for ages, and makes your lips silky smooth in one use. What else could you ask for?
Lipscuff is available from The Body Shop stores nationwide, or on their website, here for an RRP of £8.
What are your go to winter survival products?
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Red Velvet Swirl Cake | Product Review and Recipe

Anyone who's been following my blog, Instagram, or Pinterest for a while has probably noticed my obsession keen interest in baking. However, having just started a new job in retail, I don't have as much time as I'd like to indulge the interest, and it's been a little frustrating.
That's why, when I was contacted on behalf of Betty Crocker about trying out some of their cake mixes(*), I jumped at the chance; I'd used them once or twice during my time at university, but never got to experiment with them much, so I decided to try out something a little different: red velvet swirl cake.
For this little creation of mine, I used two full-sized Betty Crocker mixes; the red velvet and classic vanilla, which meant I opted to make two cakes (!) instead of one. I hadn't tried the red velvet before, but I knew the vanilla mix was very light, so I didn't really worry about one being too dense and sinking, like I would when marbling any mix I'd made from scratch.
Anyone who's used any of the Betty Crocker mixes before knows how easy they are to whip up; all you have to do is empty the mix into a bowl, throw in a few eggs, a splash of water, and a teaspoon or two of oil, and you're ready to go. The process for this wasn't much different; I simply mixed the two batters up separately, then poured half of the vanilla mix into the bottom of a greased cake tin, topping it with the red velvet mix. Obviously I then had to repeat this process, as I had enough for two cakes.
Personally, this is my favourite part of any 'swirl cake'; the swirling. All you really have to do is grab a butter knife and drag it through the mixture until it starts to look...well, swirl-y (yes, that is the technical term). Then, it's just a case of baking them, and that can be slightly different from the instructions; generally, when you're mixing two different cake mixes, it can take an extra 10-15 minutes to bake both of them all the way through, so keep an eye on them!
...and that's it! A pretty impressive looking (and sounding!) cake, in a matter of minutes' work. All of the fun of getting creative in the kitchen, without any of the measuring, weighing, or mess. And the Betty Crocker mixes are so rich, light, and moist, that they're honestly better than some that I've made from scratch.
Plus, red velvet and vanilla swirl is officially my new favourite cake flavour, I'd seriously recommend you all try out this 'recipe'...and definitely let me know if you do!

Do you ever use cake mixes to save time? What's your favourite?
Betty Crocker cake mixes (*) retail for about £2.25, and are available from all good supermarkets.
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